Weekday Wonderings: Altering the oils in a lotion bar? Creating a scrub bar?

In this post, Lotion bars, asks: BoCron asks: I’m excited to make my first lotion bar. I’m trying to get something like the Lush Buffy bar. I love how it moisturizes but not how it smells. I was going to try 33% beeswax, 33% shea butter, 33% coconut oil and 1% fragrance. From what I’m learning,...

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Weekday Wondering: How to make a lotion bar less greasy?

In this post, It’s that time of the year again: Lotion bars, Tonya asks: I am experimenting with lotion bars and have a question about tapioca but greasiness- I guess would be the the actual question.My most recent mix of ingredients includes these variations. My question is how do I get the tapioca starch to...

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It’s that time of year again! DIY presents – lotion bars

Christmas and Hannukah are almost here, and if you’re looking to make some awesome gifts for your loved ones, join me over the next week for loads of ideas. LOTION BARSYou can get the ingredients for these little lovelies at your local health food store if you can’t get to a supplier or get things...

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Question: Can I add glycerin to a lotion bar?

In this post on lotion bars, anonymous asks: How can you get glycerin to mix in a lotion bar? Do I heat to a certain temperature? Mix the wax and glycerin first before I put in my heated oils? Help I love glycerin in all my products. If you are wondering if you can mix...

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Weekend Wonderings: Is there a general rule about increasing/decreasing beeswax in lotion bars?

In this post on lotion bars, Tina asks: I’m trying to figure out if there’s a general rule for tweaking the basic recipe (33/33/33/1 -beeswax/butter/oil/fragrance). You said that, for example, with cocoa butter, you’d use less beeswax. So if I use beeswax at 25%, what’s the rule for altering the butter and oil? Does that now...

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Weekend Wonderings: Sucragel, lecithin, and xanthan gum? Lotion bars without wax? How to mix 100 gram batches? Using meadowfoam seed oil neat!

It’s a long weekend around these parts – November 11th is a statutory holiday, so I’m off work – so I have time to answer more comments than usual! Let’s take a look at some quick questions and answers! CAN WE USE THE LECITHIN WE FIND AT THE HEALTH FOOD STORE?In this post, Chemistry Thursday:...

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Newbie Tuesday: Formulating lotion bars (updated)

I love lotion bars. They’re super easy to make and you can customize them in so many ways! But what is a lotion bar, exactly? These are generally solid-ish, anhydrous products made with oils, butters, and waxes. The basic recipe is generally 1/3 butter, 1/3 oil, 1/3 wax, but you can make loads of modifications to...

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Deodorant stick lotion bar for pain

I’ve been having a lot of problems with my shoulder, as has my mom, my best friend, my best friend’s husband, and my aunt, so I thought I’d try using the pain relief blend of essential oils and oils I made up a while ago in a deodorant container. (What’s going on here? It’s not...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – wrap-up and link-o-rama!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of posts on lotion bars. If you’re a beginner, I hope you’ve learned enough to try a few variations of these wonderfully simple and awesome bars. If you’re a veteran, I hope I’ve given you a few ideas on how to see the humble lotion bar in a different...

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Back to basics: Lotion bars – let’s get complicated!

I’m definitely the type of person who likes to experiment – and that’s one of the more obvious things I’ve said today –  so you know I had to take the lotion bar a little bit further and try something new and more complicated! I rummaged through my box o’ stuff and incorporated a few...

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